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The Literature of the Arminian ControversyReligion, Politics and the Stage in the Dutch Republic$
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Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749738.001.0001

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Poets on the Offensive

Poets on the Offensive

Coster’s Academy and the Staging of Iphigenia

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(p.98) 3 Poets on the Offensive
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The Literature of the Arminian Controversy
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Freya Sierhuis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749738.003.0004

Taking as its backdrop the growing polarization within the Dutch Republic, and Amsterdam’s increasing predominance as a mainstay of the Contra-Remonstrant party, Chapter 3 discusses the foundation of the Republic’s first public theatre by Samuel Coster, a venue which effectively functioned as the focal point of a group of writers united by their Remonstrant sympathies, and support for the policy of the States of Holland. Offering a new analysis of the Academy’s most notorious play, Samuel Coster’s tragedy Iphigenia, it is shown how Coster’s exploitation of the classical exemplum of child-sacrifice ties in seamlessly with earlier anti-Calvinist rhetoric, while at the same time, by forging a metaphorical link between predestination, child-sacrifice, and the persecution of heretics, unfolds and exposes what had been articulated obliquely, or merely hinted at, in earlier pamphlet polemics.

Keywords:   Amsterdam, Nederduytsche Academie, Coster, Samuel, satire, Iphigeneia, natural law, Grotius, Hugo, Hebrew Republic, Uytenbogaert, Johannes

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